The Diocese of Des Moines
Decker Named Catholic Charities Executive Director
Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker
Decker Named Catholic Charities Executive Director
April 18, 2018
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker, who has been named the new executive director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Des Moines effective July 2. In this role, she will oversee a staff of about 80 full- and part-time staff in Des Moines and Council Bluffs who serve those living in the 23 counties of the diocese. She will guide programs and services, work with community and church leadership and advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and needy. 

Decker currently serves as the president of Mercy College of Health Sciences in DEs Moines, a role she has held since 2005. Prior to joining Mercy College, she held human resources roles at Mercy Medical Center and Drake University in Des Moines. 

"We are tremendously grateful for Dr. Decker's decision ot become our new leader at Catholic Charities," said Bishop Richard Pates. "She has tremendous leadership skills and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to serving our community."

 Rick Ball, vice chair of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, said, "Dr. Decker has a deep-seated compassion for people who need assistance and a chance to improve their perosnal situation." Decker will bring a faith-based approach to Catholic Charities "and provide a solid leadership amongst the Des Moines business community," he said.

Catholic Charities has been serving the needs of individuals since 1925 with a wide range of social service programs offering food, shelter, counseling, advocacy and hope to more than 30,000 people each year. Save to


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